Bill Aims to Bring More Film and Media Business to Indiana

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A bill being considered by the Statehouse aims to encourage media productions in Indiana.

Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) is using this session to push Bill 1315 through the Indiana General Assembly. The bill would establish an incentive tax credit for companies looking to film in Indiana.

“Whether it’s a musical or a movie or a production company that wants to shoot commercials, that’s a very, very broad sense when it comes to media,” Morris said. .

The incentive could apply to venue acquisition, accommodation and food, as well as editing services and on-set expenses like props and wardrobe. His hope is that it will bring new business to the state, while keeping Hoosiers here.

“A lot of these people want to come to Indiana, they want to go home, but we just don’t have the infrastructure in place for them,” Morris said. “We have students currently taking classes in our state, we are at universities graduating and leaving our state, I want those students to stay here in Indiana.”

Fort Wayne filmmakers George Johnson and Lonnie Norris say there’s some truth to that line of thinking.

“We love Indiana, but the work is everywhere else,” Johnson said. “What’s happened historically, in what’s going to continue to happen, if something doesn’t change is these people are trained here in Indiana and then they move out and the incentives will give them a reason to stay here.”

However, a tax credit option could entice productions to locate in Indiana.

“We looked outside of the state of Indiana first, that was one of the reasons,” Norris said. “Whether it was Kentucky or Georgia, Oklahoma, maybe even Florida, in some cases, in some areas, the incentives were encouraging and attractive.”

Norris and Johnson chose to make their final film “Pulled from Darkness” in Fort Wayne regardless of those incentives, but let’s just say that unless Indiana becomes competitive, they may not be able to make the same choice at the moment. ‘to come up.

“As budgets grow and projects grow, there will come a time when we have to go where the incentives are,” Johnson said. “It makes sense, and so if the incentives were there, it would solve a lot of problems for us.”

You can read the full bill here. He is currently on the ways and means committee. Similar legislation has been proposed in the Senate by Sen. Justin Busch (R-Fort Wayne).

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